Grad assts-repost

Larry Smart lbsmart at
Tue Feb 13 10:44:26 EST 2001

<x-flowed>Dear Colleagues:

I would be grateful if you would bring this to the attention of qualified,
interested students and encourage them to contact me and apply by March 1.
Sorry for the formatting problems in my previous posting.


Larry Smart

Graduate Research Assistantship
Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY

Molecular Genetics of Woody Plants
Graduate research assistantships are available starting May 2001 to work
with Dr. Larry Smart
( and Dr. James
Gibbs (  in the study of
genetic diversity of Salix in the Northeast and North-central United
States.  The project will involve the use of molecular markers to determine
heterozygosity and to develop genomic fingerprints to aid in the breeding
of willows for increased biomass yield, pest resistance, and form.  This
project will also assess the genetic diversity of native and naturalized
populations of Salix in the Northeast and North-central United States and
will include isolation and characterization of simple sequence repeat (SSR
or microsatellite) loci and the use of amplified fragment length
polymorphism (AFLP) markers in the analysis of Salix eriocephala and Salix
purpurea clones.  This project is associated with the larger effort of the
Salix Consortium involving academic researchers, government agencies,
growers, environmental groups, and industry to develop willow as a biomass
energy feedstock and a new crop to promote rural development in the
Northeast and North-central states (

Other projects in the Smart lab are centered on epicuticular wax
deposition, guard cell differentiation, and drought tolerance using
Nicotiana glauca, Arabidopsis, Salix, and hybrid poplar.

The Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF includes 35
faculty members with diverse research interests from molecules to
ecosystems (  Students may work toward the
M.S., Ph.D. or M.P.S. degrees in a number of programs, including Plant
Science and Biotechnology, Environmental Physiology, and
Ecology.  Application information is available at

Lawrence B. Smart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Environmental and Forest Biology
One Forestry Drive
6 Illick Hall
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone (315) 470-6737
FAX (315) 470-6934
e-mail: lbsmart at



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